10th July 2018
I am delighted to have been awarded The Humphrey Searle Composition Prize by the Royal College of Music Junior Department where I studied between 2016 and 2018.
29th June 2018
2018 BBC Proms Inspire Competition: I am very honoured to have won the BBC Proms Inspire competition in the Senior Category with my piece Elegy for Aylan originally written for Ensemble 10/10 consisting of members of the RLPO. The 2018 judging panel included composers Kerry Andrew, Sally Beamish, Anna Meredith, Dobrinka Tabakova, Joby Talbot, Fraser Trainer and Director of the Proms, David Pickard. Elegy for Aylan will now receive its second performance by the Aurora Orchestra on 22nd August as part of the BBC Proms Series. I am very much looking forward to the BBC commission I will receive as a result of having won this competition.
Cambridge Young Composers’ Network and November Cambridge Music Festival 2018: I will be writing a piece for The Brodsky String Quartet to be performed on 19th November 2018 at 6.30 at St John’s Divinity School in Cambridge as part of the November Cambridge Music Festival and the Festival of Ideas. I will be dedicating the piece to the memory of Professor Stephen Hawking, whom I had the immense privilege and honour to interview when I was 13.
18th June 2018
My commissioned cello solo piece for Oliver Coates and Kammer Klang was performed at Café Oto in London on 5th June. Please see details of the programme here.
19th March 2018
You can now find an article about me on Wikipedia. Have a look at the page here.
Commission for the Cambridge Children Choir, Kings Junior Voices: I am working on a piece for Kings Junior Voices, to mark their 10th anniversary The piece will be performed at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, on Monday 9th July at 7.30. Click here for details about the concert.
Orchestral piece for The Britten Sinfonia Academy: I am working on an orchestral piece for The Britten Sinfonia Academy to be recorded professionally on 30th June.
6th February 2018
I am very honoured to have been shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Composers and to have met during my interview the following people:
Sally Groves (former Director of Schott Music publishers) Dobrinka Tabakova (Composer) Ronald Corp (Conductor/composer) Jonathan Thorne (Director of Duet Group) and Rosie Johnson (Royal Philharmonic Society Executive Director).
27th November 2017
My commissioned piece for Classic FM in partnership with the RPS will be broadcast on Classic FM on Wednesday 27th December at 8.00 pm. Here is a very short introduction to the programme:
‘Classic FM: 2000 hours THE FULL WORKS CONCERT with LUCY COWARD
Tonight, Lucy Coward features the last of Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Commissions – a series of pieces written to celebrate the quarter-century anniversary of the station. Elegy for Aylan, by 16-year-old composer Alexia Sloane, is a response to the infamous image of refugee Aylan Kurdi taken in 2015. Giving space for reflection and quiet at this time of year, Lucy also features John Tavener’s Song for Athene and Arvo Part’s haunting Spiegel im Spiegel.’
27th November 2017
Thank you to those who attended the Premiere of my solo piano piece for Huw Watkins at Emmanuel College on Saturday 18th November. The performance by Hugh was very moving and it is such a privilege to have written for such a brilliant and most inspiring pianist and composer.
4th October 2017
My commissioned piece, Vigil for Gaia, as a result of my winning The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition in 2016 will be premiered and performed by The Phaedra Ensemble, on Sunday 29th October at 5.00 pm at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. My other commissioned piece by the Cambridge Young Composers’ Network will be premiered and performed on Saturday 18th November at the Emmanuel College Old library in Cambridge, at 3.00 pm. Tickets required.
13th September 2017
My commissioned piece for members of the RLPO as a result of my winning the RPS/Classic FM 25th Birthday Commission will be premiered on 11th October at 7.30 pm at St George's Music Concert Hall in Liverpool. To purchase tickets, please click here.
16th July 2017
Here is a link to a recent broadcast from Cambridge TV about my commissioned piece for Classic FM in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society. My piece starts at 4 mns 24 seconds: http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/7-episode-8
30th June 2017
Below you will find a link to a recent article published on the PRS for Music Magazine: http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/features/just-joined-summer-2017
19th June 2017
I am delighted to have been declared the overall winner of the Royal College of Music Junior Department Joan Weller 2017 Composition Prize.
12th June 2017
I am currently working on my Classic FM/RPS commissioned piece for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I am writing for flute, harp, clarinet and percussion. My piece will be premiered on 11th October at St George's Hall in Liverpool. More details will be added very soon.
12th June 2017
Following an audition in May, I am delighted to have been accepted as one of 4 composers with the Britten Sinfonia Academy. I am extremely lucky to be working under the tutelage of the amazing composer, Tom Coult.
6th May 2017
I am very proud and honoured to be one of 7 UK composers to have won the Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Commissions in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society.
29th April 2017
Thank you to all who came to the performance of Longing for Equinox at St Catharine's College Chapel. The Girls' Choir sang as beautifully as ever. I am most grateful to Dr Wickham, Director of Music at St Catharine's, for giving me the opportunity to write for his wonderful Girls' Choir. A recording of Longing for Equinox has now been added to the Composer section.
12th April 2017
I now have a recording from the wonderful Hermes Experiment who performed Passiflora at the finals of the Cambridge Young Composer of the Year last November. If you are interested in hearing the recording, please contact me.
I now appear on the list of Composers on the Hermes Experiment website. I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be on their list of composers as I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for them. Visit their composers' page.
On 6th January 2017, I was interviewed live by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to talk about The Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Competition which I won in November 2016. You can listen to the radio interview in the Composer section of this site.
The Premiere of my commissioned piece Reverie by the Cambridge Young Composers’ Network for the Cambridge Music Festival took place at Jesus College Chapel on Monday 21st November 2016. Thank you to all those who attended. A recording of the performance has now been added in the Composer’s section.
Here you will find a link to an article recently published on the Royal College of Music Junior Department website. To read the article, please click here.